The cost of policing football matches is really expensive, so much so that picking up the bill can negate the revenue raised by Accrington hosting a large away following.
The basic level of policing costs £6,000, which is the equivalent of around 500 tickets given that we make between £12 and £13 net profit per ticket sold.
That does not include stewarding, and you have to remember it’s not just the police around the stadium, but those at HQ watching security monitors or patrolling the town centre on a Saturday.
If the opposition’s fans have a history of misbehaviour or there is extra risk, the next level of police deployment costs £11,000 and maybe more. One we get to those sort of figures, we consider reducing allocations because it’s not justifiable for a club of our size.
I don’t question the value of the police’s work, and in a way it’s how it should be: supporters who behave gets tickets, and those who act up don’t.
It’s pretty unlikely in my opinion that an Accrington fan would ran on the pitch to confront a player, like the idiot at Birmingham City who took aim at Jack Grealish.